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Neil Rutherford - Youth Music Theatre UK

Musical Theatre Boot Camp start's next week and we have one final practitioner to introduce - Neil Rutherford - who has a hugely impressive wealth of experience across the industry


With our brand new Musical Theatre Boot Camp soon to start on Monday 13 August we have one final practitioner to introduce - Neil Rutherford who has a hugely impressive wealth of experience, read more below. There are still a few places left so BOOK NOW before it's too late! Download the  INFO SHEET.

Neil Rutherford is an international Theatre Director and Casting Director, as well as a published author and composer. He is a Bachelor of Arts from Middlesex University, having gained a BA Hons Degree in Performing Arts, specializing in directing, performance, and administration, and is also an Associate of The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.


Neil has an extensive list of West End acting credits including Fiddler On The Roof (London Palladium), City of Angels, three Royal Variety Performances, Annie, Romeo and Juliet, Jesus Christ Superstar, Les Miserables and more! His numerous West End, UK and international credits includes The Misanthrope staring Keira Knightley, Legally Blonde (UK and Australia), Into The Woods for the Royal Opera House, Sweeney Todd (UK and Broadway), 50th Anniversary productions of West Side Story (UK, Europe and Australia), Guys and Dolls starring Patrick Swayze (UK and Australia), The Rocky Horror Show (UK, Europe and Australia). His experience also extends to television as he was a guest lead on Eastenders (BBC), The Tailor of Gloucester (Thames), The Vampyr (BBC), presenter for several seasons of the BBC’s Singing Together, and in the films, Swept from the Sea, Wilt, and The Colour of Funny. Neil also appeared in numerous commercials, and has sung on over 15 original cast recordings.


As a director, he spent four years directing and casting at the Sydney Opera House and around Australia with major productions including South Pacific, The King and I, Orpheus in the Underworld, and Beyond Desire. He is also Artistic Director of Polar Eclipse, an English speaking theatre company in Stockholm, Sweden, where his 2017 hippy production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream broke Box Office records.


As a composer, Neil has written a large amount of original music both for the concert platform and for musical theatre, writing incidental music for over 20 productions. Amongst his pieces, his Clarinet Concerto has been performed around the world.  In 1998 he was asked to compose music for Sara Kestelman's one woman show All About Me at the Royal National Theatre and the Firebird Café in New York which was re-written for BBC Radio 4. He also co-wrote, and directed, the late night Cabaret Not Quite Bedtime which opened at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival winning 3 awards.  Beyond Desire is Neil’s third musical which had its world premiere in Sydney in 2014 nominated for most outstanding new work.

Neil is currently writing a film musical for Opera Australia and two theatre projects – Sherlock Holmes and a reworking of Schnitler’s play La Ronde. Most recently, he has cast My Fair Lady directed by Dame Julie Andrews!


Neil regularly lectures at major drama schools in audition and acting technique, holds audition master-classes throughout world, has released an auditioning DVD and has been an audition panelist and casting advisor to Channel Four, BBC, and ITV. His book Musical Theatre Auditions and Casting is published worldwide by Methuen Drama and Bloomsbury Publishing. He is also proud to head up Industry Liaison for Mountview.

There is still an opportunity to BOOK ON to the London Musical Theatre Boot Camp to train under Neil Rutherford and other creatives, but be sure to book soon as spaces are limited!